Wroxham 3 Soham Town Rangers 2
- Credit: Steve Adams
Jordan Attree was the hero as 10-man Wroxham grabbed a dramatic victory at Trafford Park yesterday.
The Yachtsmen shrugged off the controversial dismissal of keeper Elliot Pride to take all three points, with substitute Attree firing a late winner.
Wroxham made a bright start and took an early lead when a weaving run from Jack Garrod ended in a glorious finish into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
The goal seemed to motivate Soham, who had numerous chances to equalise, but they were unable to take them.
As the first half went on, Soham pressed further and further up the pitch, which meant Wroxham could break on the counter-attack.
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Hinton's free-kick on the left of the box was driven in and smashed against a defender, but luckily for Soham the ball went out for a corner.
Two minutes later a through ball found Garrod who narrowly missed the top corner with his chip.
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Right at the end of the first half, Soham's Simon Swinton got pulled back in the box and went over and the referee gave a penalty. Nightingale found the bottom left corner from the spot even though Pride went the right way.
Straight after the goal, Wroxham's Nathan Stone appeared to be brought down in the box but the referee decided it was outside and the free-kick came to nothing.
Soham started the second half as they had finished the first, with Ryan Sharman shooting from the edge of the box and Pride making a good stop to keep the scores level.
Wroxham then put the pressure on Soham, with Garrod and Stephen Taylor linking up well, before a cross from Taylor was cleared away.
The Yachtsmen's pressure paid off when Stone won a free-kick on the edge of the box. Centre-back Michael Sommerfield went up and smashed it in the far right corner, showing what he can offer going forward, and more importantly putting Wroxham ahead.
Then came the game's controversial moment as a short back pass was met by the foot of Pride. Luke Stanley tripped over and the referee not only blew for a penalty but gave the Wroxham keeper a straight red card, much to the astonishment of those present.
Substitute Kinglsey Barnes came on for Kelleher and, after a delay, Nightingale stepped up and slotted home the second penalty of the afternoon to make it 2-2.
The dismissal seemed to inspire Wroxham who started to pile on the pressure. Andrew Howell and King went close but never really worried Harry Reynolds in the Soham goal.
Hinton was replaced by Jack Guyton and Jordan King by Attree as home boss Stuart Larter brought on some fresh legs,
Soham Town forced three late corners which came to nothing before, with minutes left to play, Stone was brought down on the halfway line, and won a free-kick to give Wroxham one last chance.
The cross came in and eluded the Soham defence and Attree was there at the back post to nod in. The substitute was subsequently shown a yellow card for taking his shirt off as he celebrated – but he was still smiling at the final whistle.